The Atta Mills Institute (AMI) is to deploy observers in the upcoming December presidential and Parliamentary elections in three regions – Ashanti, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
It follows the granting of observer status to the Institute by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Speaking in an interview with host of the Asaase Breakfast Show, Kojo Mensah, the Founder and CEO of AMI, Koku Anyidoho, said the Institute’s work will help contribute to a free and fair election.
“We are going to observe this election, we were in Conakry a couple of months ago, God willing we will be in Niger after the Ghana election, so we are also building our own niche in terms of election observing on the continent,” he said.
Anyidoho added: “And we thank God that having gone through all the paper works, all the processes, we finally have been given full accreditation to observe the election a week from today.”
The Institute is expected to present its report and recommendations to the EC after observing the December polls.
“We are not going to monitor; we are just observing. Anything we see we have our template; we have our sheet, we have our programme for data analysis. So, we feed it in, it gives us whatever we want to do, do all our graphics and then present a report to the Electoral Commission with recommendations,” Anyidoho stated.
The Founder of AMI was, however, unhappy the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has been largely sidelined to carry out its constitutional mandate in the run-up to the election.
“I think what politicians have done over the years is that they have disempowered the NCCE because they know that if it is very much empowered and we educate the populace, politicians can no longer play with them,” he noted.
The Atta Mills Institute was set up as a non-governmental and non-profit policy brainbox with a social democratic orientation. It seeks to spearhead the discourse of nation building. It is focused on creating a centre of research, learning, and information dissemination anchored to the ideas and ideals of what defined the human existence of John Evans Atta -Mills, late President of Ghana.